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Utah Background Checks

Utah background check, including criminal records, incarceration records, and inmate records

State Office

Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification.
3888 West 5400 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84129
(801) 965-4445

The Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI), overseen by the Department of Public Safety, compiles, maintains and disseminates the state’s criminal records in a central repository. All Utah background check requests go through BCI. Utah is a closed records state, meaning that background checks in Utah are only available to the individual on record, who has the right to view his own criminal history. Law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, along with authorized employers, are the exception to the closed record law. Utah background checks may be requested by employers who work with vulnerable adults and children, or who work in national security, fiduciary funds or statutory authority. All other employers who would like a Utah background check performed must ask the individual to acquire his own record and share it.

A Utah criminal background check is fingerprint based, as this is the only reliable method for avoiding false positive and false negative results. Individuals requesting background checks in Utah will receive their full criminal history, including all arrests, convictions and dispositions. Unless directed by law, an individual does not have to share this information.

Steps for Retriving a Utah Background Check

Step 1

Individuals may request their personal Utah background checks in person at BCI by bringing in a valid form of government-issued photo identification.

Step 2

Pay the required fee, and BCI will give you the results.

Step 3

By mail, fill out the Criminal History Record Application. If the results will go to a third party, the Third Party Release Form must also be filled out.

Step 4

Take the appropriate form (s) to your local law enforcement agency to be fingerprinted.

Step 5

Mail the completed forms with the appropriate fee to the address listed. Results will be mailed to the address indicated.

Utah Background Check Special Notes

Utah requires individuals to be fingerprinted by either BCI or local law enforcement to ensure that any criminal records returned belong to the right person. BCI will only fingerprint four fingers of the right hand, as this is deemed enough evidence to compare to the fingerprint database. It’s essential that the third party release form is remitted when results will be sent to a potential employer. Utah protects the privacy of its citizens and only authorizes certain employers to require background searches, so it is important to understand your rights. Although it prevents you from obtaining a neighbor’s criminal record, it also protects you from the same intrusion.

Record request form

Individuals who wish to request a Utah criminal background check should fill out the following form: Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification Criminal History Record Application.